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10 Indoor Activities to Keep Kids Entertained This Winter

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If the weather outside is frightful, here are 10 fun DIY ideas that are delightful. When cabin fever starts to invade your home this winter, keep your children entertained with these activities.

Mix up snow ice cream.
Scoop up eight cups of fresh, clean snow, add one can sweetened condensed milk, one teaspoon of vanilla, stir together and enjoy!

Turn spaghetti and marshmallows into construction toys. Remember playing with Tinker Toys as a child? Grab those marshmallows left over from holiday baking and some uncooked spaghetti noodles and spend an afternoon building towers!

Mix up homemade slime. Let your kids get ooey and gooey with this fun DIY recipe. Mix ½ cup shampoo and ¼ cup cornstarch in a bowl, add three drops of food coloring and stir in one tablespoon of water. Slowly add five more tablespoons of water, stirring after each one. Knead the slime for five minutes and let the fun begin!

Create your own lava lamp. Children love this science experiment, reminiscent of the popular lamp from the 70s. Pour water into a plastic bottle until it is a quarter full. Add vegetable oil until the bottle is nearly full. Wait for the water and oil to separate, then add a dozen drops of food coloring. Drop an Alka-Seltzer tablet that has been broken up into small pieces into the bottle and prepare to be amazed!

Cut puzzles out of cereal boxes. Take an empty cereal box and remove the side panels. Then, cut the front or back panel into different shapes as a puzzle challenge for your child. Children who can use scissors can have fun challenging each other to their own puzzle creations, as well.

Build a homemade race track. Use masking or painters tape on the floor to create a racetrack for your child’s toy cars, and tape a piece of cardboard to stacked books for a ramp.

Have a fort building contest. Encourage your children to let their creativity fly by seeing who can use furniture, and other items around the home, to build the best fort! Blankets, chairs, couch cushions and dining room tables can all make great props.

Make a homemade bird feeder. Winter is a great time to feed birds because they need a lot of energy and nutrition when snow is on the ground. Take an empty toilet paper or paper towel roll and spread peanut butter on the outside. Roll it in birdseed and hang outside on your favorite tree. Watch our feathered friends enjoy the feeder from the window.

Set up a bowling alley. Line up empty water or soda bottles as pins, and have your children take turns rolling a ball into them.

Design your own snow globe. Glue a small toy, such as a car or snowman, to the inside of a jar or clear plastic container. Fill the container with water and add one teaspoon of glycerin and some glitter. Glue the lid shut and it’s ready to shake!

 

Do you have more ideas for keeping children entertained this winter? Share them here!

 

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Gwen Duckworth

Nice ideast that really don't require anything except kids who are bored. ??

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